Academy of Art University

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  • 79 New Montgomery St

    San Francisco, CA 94105

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I am a first term grad student there, with years of industry experience already, but I have gaps in my knowledge and AAU is giving me the opportunity to go back to school without having to drive 2.5 hours a day. Are they more expensive compared to some of the others? not really, and the expense that everyone is talking about? did anyone stop to think about the 24hr help desk? the gigabytes of storage for their servers? or the people to maintain all of this state of the art equipment? and the replacement of this equipment? the cost of electricity it takes to run the huge network they have? the Internet is not cheap nor is it free, it is just not quite taxed the way the govt would like, to increase their revenues, but that is a different story. You get what you put into it, I have just completed my first two assignments, I have read all of the material related to those assignments, I have sweated over the exercises for a minimum of 3 hours or more to get an A. And the teacher conducts herself in a professional manner and creates interesting discussions in the forum. I am happy with the education so far and I suspect I will be happy once I finish my degree. Thank you for your time.

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I am a first term grad student there, with years of industry experience already, but I have gaps in my knowledge and AAU is giving me the opportunity to go back to school without having to drive 2.5 hours a day. Are they more expensive compared to some of the others? not really, and the expense that everyone is talking about? did anyone stop to think about the 24hr help desk? the gigabytes of storage for their servers? or the people to maintain all of this state of the art equipment? and the replacement of this equipment? the cost of electricity it takes to run the huge network they have? the Internet is not cheap nor is it free, it is just not quite taxed the way the govt would like, to increase their revenues, but that is a different story. You get what you put into it, I have just completed my first two assignments, I have read all of the material related to those assignments, I have sweated over the exercises for a minimum of 3 hours or more to get an A. And the teacher conducts herself in a professional manner and creates interesting discussions in the forum. I am happy with the education so far and I suspect I will be happy once I finish my degree. Thank you for your time.

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I graduated from the Academy in 2009. My major was sculpture, I graduated with honors. So ask yourself "why would this guy slander his department? wouldn't that hurt him?"

Let me be clear, I would rather ruin the reputation of my alma mater, than be associated with that place.

The San Francisco Academy Of Art University's sculpture department just fired the only redeeming quality they had. They just fired Erik Blome over email, with no notice.

For 3 years I put up with intimidation and emotional abuse from Peter Schifrin. He even openly mocked my religion in front of a class of students (I have 2 statements from students of the class to prove this).

I was disgusted at the time that most of my gradshool professors in the sculpture dept had less experience, and less resume than I did. The claim that the school is run by "artists for artist" that "professional" teach there, was not true in the sculpture dept.

With one outstanding exception, Erik Blome. He is the reason I have not openly expressed my feelings about the school. He was the reason I have never approached the bloggers and journalists I have found who have a bone to pick with the Academy.

Let me give an example of the incompetence of the Sculpture department faculty. Each year the Academy has a career night, they invite top students, and each department invites industry professionals to meet the students.

I went 4 years ago, and the sculpture faculty invited a few students, but had invited NO industry people for us to meet. We literally sat around waiting for people invited by other departments, to wander over to us.

When I confronted the faculty of my department about this, one of them told me "we didn't know who to invite". So they were aware that no one was there for us to talk to, but asked us all there so that they would not look incompetent to administration.

If they were capable of being professionals themselves, they would know who to invite there.

This is a disservice to the students of the sculpture department, and it is a total rip off to students looking to come to the Academy to make something of themselves as sculptors.

Erik WAS the reason I have not been outspoken against the Academy. It is somewhat cathartic that I finally get to be the rain maker of a campaign against the sculpture dept.

If you are looking to go to art school is sculpture DO NOT GO TO THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY.

Now, if you ignore my advice on THIS, I will say I told you so. Listen to the warning voices of the people in this forum. OR, listen to the people in the links below.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177169

http://www.yelp.com/biz/academy-of-art-university-san-francisco-2

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I graduated from the Academy in 2009. My major was sculpture, I graduated with honors. So ask yourself "why would this guy slander his department? wouldn't that hurt him?"

Let me be clear, I would rather ruin the reputation of my alma mater, than be associated with that place.

The San Francisco Academy Of Art University's sculpture department just fired the only redeeming quality they had. They just fired Erik Blome over email, with no notice.

For 3 years I put up with intimidation and emotional abuse from Peter Schifrin. He even openly mocked my religion in front of a class of students (I have 2 statements from students of the class to prove this).

I was disgusted at the time that most of my gradshool professors in the sculpture dept had less experience, and less resume than I did. The claim that the school is run by "artists for artist" that "professional" teach there, was not true in the sculpture dept.

With one outstanding exception, Erik Blome. He is the reason I have not openly expressed my feelings about the school. He was the reason I have never approached the bloggers and journalists I have found who have a bone to pick with the Academy.

Let me give an example of the incompetence of the Sculpture department faculty. Each year the Academy has a career night, they invite top students, and each department invites industry professionals to meet the students.

I went 4 years ago, and the sculpture faculty invited a few students, but had invited NO industry people for us to meet. We literally sat around waiting for people invited by other departments, to wander over to us.

When I confronted the faculty of my department about this, one of them told me "we didn't know who to invite". So they were aware that no one was there for us to talk to, but asked us all there so that they would not look incompetent to administration.

If they were capable of being professionals themselves, they would know who to invite there.

This is a disservice to the students of the sculpture department, and it is a total rip off to students looking to come to the Academy to make something of themselves as sculptors.

Erik WAS the reason I have not been outspoken against the Academy. It is somewhat cathartic that I finally get to be the rain maker of a campaign against the sculpture dept.

If you are looking to go to art school is sculpture DO NOT GO TO THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY.

Now, if you ignore my advice on THIS, I will say I told you so. Listen to the warning voices of the people in this forum. OR, listen to the people in the links below.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177169

http://www.yelp.com/biz/academy-of-art-university-san-francisco-2

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I am a new Instructor here at the Academy of Art and I feel I have to respond to the earlier posts. The Academy is an ever evolving educational system. It isn't perfect from the get-go. The University offers students the experience of

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I am a new Instructor here at the Academy of Art and I feel I have to respond to the earlier posts. The Academy is an ever evolving educational system. It isn't perfect from the get-go. The University offers students the experience of

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I have completed my first semester in the MFA Traditional Animation Program and I am looking forward to a summer term with 2 new classes. As honestly as I can say this, I have found the curriculum very rigorous with high professional standards. Although I have never worked for an animation studio yet, the professors in the classes really push the students to do work fit for the professional world. I would give AAU the highest recommendation, and despite the high cost of a private school, I feel I am getting more than my money'sworth.

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I have completed my first semester in the MFA Traditional Animation Program and I am looking forward to a summer term with 2 new classes. As honestly as I can say this, I have found the curriculum very rigorous with high professional standards. Although I have never worked for an animation studio yet, the professors in the classes really push the students to do work fit for the professional world. I would give AAU the highest recommendation, and despite the high cost of a private school, I feel I am getting more than my money'sworth.

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There are always some good reviews and some bad. It's like movie reviews in different newspapers. One man's food could be another man's poison.

The more you check on reviews the more you will get confused. It is on the list of top 10 Art Academy's in the USA. Obviously 16000 students will have 16000 reviews!!! The ones who can't cope or those who freak out there and then fail will always blame the university or the teachers
One thing is for sure. You have to be firm in your mind that you really want to pursue this and that you are not going there for fun. You will have to work really hard and keep up to their high standards.

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★★★★★

There are always some good reviews and some bad. It's like movie reviews in different newspapers. One man's food could be another man's poison.

The more you check on reviews the more you will get confused. It is on the list of top 10 Art Academy's in the USA. Obviously 16000 students will have 16000 reviews!!! The ones who can't cope or those who freak out there and then fail will always blame the university or the teachers
One thing is for sure. You have to be firm in your mind that you really want to pursue this and that you are not going there for fun. You will have to work really hard and keep up to their high standards.

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I know the school is expensive. But seriously, it is almost half the price of art center, cal arts, ringling, sva, etc. My first choice was the art center but their tuition is around 16,000 and I found out my loans only covered half of that.

my tuition at the academy is about 18,000 per year. I work my ass to get good grades so i qualify for the pell grant and cal grant. That covers most of my tuition. San Francisco is very expensive to live in so I became an RA, now I have free living and free food. I have a second work study job as a gallery assistant for petty cash and school supplies. My family is in no way rich and but still I'm able to afford this college by myself.

As for quality It all up in the air. Most of the students who attend are okay, but the ones who actually graduate are amazing. We have a 70% drop out rate because we have open enrollment. Usually the people who complain are the ones who went to this school because they didn't need a portfolio.....So far, I have had amazing teachers who have helped me put an amazing portfolio. I have had teachers that worked at ILM, pixar, disney, EA, you name it. Ask any illustration grad student here to compare their experience to a state college and the difference in quality is HUGE.

This college is for profit, we don't have a health center, and I do get frustrated with the admin sometimes, but the academy has helped me to produce work where I have a fighting chance right when I graduate. I came to this school to learn how to draw, and I am satisfied.

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I know the school is expensive. But seriously, it is almost half the price of art center, cal arts, ringling, sva, etc. My first choice was the art center but their tuition is around 16,000 and I found out my loans only covered half of that.

my tuition at the academy is about 18,000 per year. I work my ass to get good grades so i qualify for the pell grant and cal grant. That covers most of my tuition. San Francisco is very expensive to live in so I became an RA, now I have free living and free food. I have a second work study job as a gallery assistant for petty cash and school supplies. My family is in no way rich and but still I'm able to afford this college by myself.

As for quality It all up in the air. Most of the students who attend are okay, but the ones who actually graduate are amazing. We have a 70% drop out rate because we have open enrollment. Usually the people who complain are the ones who went to this school because they didn't need a portfolio.....So far, I have had amazing teachers who have helped me put an amazing portfolio. I have had teachers that worked at ILM, pixar, disney, EA, you name it. Ask any illustration grad student here to compare their experience to a state college and the difference in quality is HUGE.

This college is for profit, we don't have a health center, and I do get frustrated with the admin sometimes, but the academy has helped me to produce work where I have a fighting chance right when I graduate. I came to this school to learn how to draw, and I am satisfied.

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I am a current student, and by experience hands on, I can vouch for this school's quality. Everyone form the staff, advisors, and coaches to the professors.

They are of the utmost quality! Imagine being able to be taught by some great artist you truly admire--only, you have yet to meet this person.

What if one of these teachers--who by the way are accomplished artists in their own right (by this, I mean internationally exposed to different schools, methods, publicity and national exposure.) became someone truly world renowned--then you'd have the chance to say you were taught and possibly mentored by said artist.

The work displayed by one of my teachers, for example, has been used internationally and nationally at D.C. I PROMISE you, the quality is there. The teachers do have a great deal to do with the amount you learn, but your own time invested in this is more than 90% of your progress. I kid you not, the professional degree with which this school treats you with by providing professors who are still very prevalent in the art world is in fact a TREAT.

You will not miss out. It is an honor to be a student at the Academy of art University. I say this because I know who I am called to be in the art world--and in order to be that, I have to have amazing people and superb standards to perform by that are held by such a school. This university will do you a favor by accepting you! I recommend them a thousand times over.

Recommendation as well, yes they are a bit pricey, but what good school isn't?? Get financial aid, a loan or which ever method you can. If you TRULY believe you'll be made into an amazing artist, sell your work after learning the skills and use that to pay off school. Splattered paint on canvases can sell for ridiculous amounts of money nowadays... right?

Online option is also a treat if you need to manage your schedule far differently than the class times during which courses are held.

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I am a current student, and by experience hands on, I can vouch for this school's quality. Everyone form the staff, advisors, and coaches to the professors.

They are of the utmost quality! Imagine being able to be taught by some great artist you truly admire--only, you have yet to meet this person.

What if one of these teachers--who by the way are accomplished artists in their own right (by this, I mean internationally exposed to different schools, methods, publicity and national exposure.) became someone truly world renowned--then you'd have the chance to say you were taught and possibly mentored by said artist.

The work displayed by one of my teachers, for example, has been used internationally and nationally at D.C. I PROMISE you, the quality is there. The teachers do have a great deal to do with the amount you learn, but your own time invested in this is more than 90% of your progress. I kid you not, the professional degree with which this school treats you with by providing professors who are still very prevalent in the art world is in fact a TREAT.

You will not miss out. It is an honor to be a student at the Academy of art University. I say this because I know who I am called to be in the art world--and in order to be that, I have to have amazing people and superb standards to perform by that are held by such a school. This university will do you a favor by accepting you! I recommend them a thousand times over.

Recommendation as well, yes they are a bit pricey, but what good school isn't?? Get financial aid, a loan or which ever method you can. If you TRULY believe you'll be made into an amazing artist, sell your work after learning the skills and use that to pay off school. Splattered paint on canvases can sell for ridiculous amounts of money nowadays... right?

Online option is also a treat if you need to manage your schedule far differently than the class times during which courses are held.

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...That they probably have their heart in the right place, but are looking for the $$ as the main thing vs helping people to achieve their highest potential. Too pricey without the rich history of a University such as the SFAI and no i don't work for them or go there but i have been there enough times to see the difference.

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...That they probably have their heart in the right place, but are looking for the $$ as the main thing vs helping people to achieve their highest potential. Too pricey without the rich history of a University such as the SFAI and no i don't work for them or go there but i have been there enough times to see the difference.

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Depending on your field of interest, the Academy of Art University is a catch and shoot universities. Usually artsy students attend the school to go into niche fields. The tuition is extremely high, and your credits can not be transfered in and out to varies institutions. The quality is high, however depending on the major that you choose, you may never reap enough money to pay off your tuition.

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Depending on your field of interest, the Academy of Art University is a catch and shoot universities. Usually artsy students attend the school to go into niche fields. The tuition is extremely high, and your credits can not be transfered in and out to varies institutions. The quality is high, however depending on the major that you choose, you may never reap enough money to pay off your tuition.

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I know this place is expensive but quality never comes cheap. they ahve the best teachers and the students are really happy with this place. The quality of teaching is really something here so you get what you pay for.

PROS: Best faculty and projects
CONS: Expensive

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I know this place is expensive but quality never comes cheap. they ahve the best teachers and the students are really happy with this place. The quality of teaching is really something here so you get what you pay for.

PROS: Best faculty and projects
CONS: Expensive

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The Academy of Art University is a great school if you are interested in a career in the arts- from graphic design to fashion. The professors are excellent and the courseload is heavy, and most people that come out of here are able to get great jobs in their field. Only bad thing is that it is a privately run business and fees for everything are very high.

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The Academy of Art University is a great school if you are interested in a career in the arts- from graphic design to fashion. The professors are excellent and the courseload is heavy, and most people that come out of here are able to get great jobs in their field. Only bad thing is that it is a privately run business and fees for everything are very high.

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